The Unwritten Bucket List Loses Another Item

Before I ever loved basketball – before I even truly knew what love was, in fact – I loved baseball. It was 1975. I was 9. And it was beautiful, even after it broke my heart. The Boston Red Sox went to the World Series that summer and captured my heart my heart while doing …

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2016: The Year Our World Grew Darker

Sunday was, perhaps, the roughest day of all. The future was taken from us in the waters off Miami. The past faded away inside the cold, sterile confines of a hospital in Pittsburgh. Jose Fernandez, 24, a Major League Baseball baseball player whose story of his escape from Cuba, and success at such a young …

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Thirty-two years later, here I am still on the job

In the history of sports, so many greats wore No. 32. Jim Brown. Magic Johnson. Steve Carleton. Yes, even Orenthal James Simpson. The number popped in my head today as the 2016 high school sports season officially opened here in the state of Connecticut. Football has been going at it for about a week now, …

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THE BEST OF ME: The story of Greg Braley

The first person I ever knew who died was Greg Braley, a former baseball team who was 15 years old when he was accidentally shot and killed by a friend back in our hometown of Orrington, Maine. Thirteen year after his death — which occurred when I was just 12 — I wrote this piece …

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Finally, my best friend is a Hall of Famer

When his high school athletic career started, he was a football player; all five-foot-seven, 135 pounds of him. I don't know what the hell he was thinking, but his two years playing for the John Bapst Memorial High School Crusaders, in Bangor, Maine, nobody could measure his statistics. That's because I can't imagine he had …

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